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Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating

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Reclaim your time, money, health, and happiness from our toxic diet culture with groundbreaking strategies from a registered dietitian, journalist, and host of the "Food Psych" podcast.

68 percent of Americans have dieted at some point in their lives. But upwards of 90% of people who intentionally lose weight gain it back within five years. And as many as 66% of people
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 24th 2019 by Little, Brown Spark (first published December 2019)
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't usually review books about health, diet, and fitness. Oh, I've read quite a few in my life. As a matter of fact, what don't I know about diets? Mom put me on my first diet when I was twelve years old! I was at that growth spurt time when kids get chubby and then, seemingly overnight, reach their full height and become teenagers. I recall the diet involved not having fruit, and I loved fruit.

At fourteen I was dieting again. Twiggy was in; curves were out. The charts said I was overweight.
Denise Cormaney
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. If you’ve ever struggled with your weight or body image, regardless of your size, you need to read this book. So that’s probably everyone. It’s well-researched, well-written, and here to take diet culture down.

Listen, my loves. It’s almost the beginning of a new year. I know so many of you are planning to go on a diet. Low carb, keto, paleo, intermittent fasting? Weight Watchers? A Whole30 “reset”? Whatever bullshit “it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle change!” thing being
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly researched and well-written, I hope this book gets a ton of readers. The historical context on dieting is fascinating and it's an eye-opener to realize that diets are pretty much guaranteed to fail, that only 2% of dieters succeed in keeping weight off. Dieters blame themselves of course when this happens, and this is exactly what the industry banks on. Format of this book makes it readable, with anecdotes and personal stories interspersed with information about the myriad of ways ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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My mind has been completely blown by Anti-Diet. I want to hug Christy Harrison, then go reread this book.
This was my first time reading a book about intuitive eating. I have followed some of the intuitive eating registered dietician (RD) community on instagram and even met with an intuitive eating RD earlier this year, but I still needed a primer like this. Intuitive eating involves letting go of the diet rules that control many of our lives, and learning to listen to your body and your mind to
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I have been listening to Harrison's podcast for a bit at the suggestion of a therapist. I think she has some good things to say.

However, it is difficult for me to accept that there is a one-size-fits-all solution to all eating issues and that everyone will benefit similarly. Gretchen Rubin's "be Gretchen" slogan comes to mind and her recognition that there are many personality types and many different ways to effectuate change and you need to select the techniques most suited to your
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is very well researched, and I appreciated the extensive footnotes to use in future arguments with “weight loss is healthy” friends. I highlighted so many passages, and have been sharing quotes on Instagram right and left.

I wish I’d had the info in this book when I was 15, before I started down the road of roller coaster weight loss and gain, over exercise, and disordered eating. I felt like a failure for 25 years before I finally sought therapy for my “binge eating” (which was in
Katie Dalebout
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christy is such a great researcher and writer. She has written a book that is so important in the intense diet culture we live in. I'm so grateful for this work and will be recommending it often. It's a very fun read with stories and the way it is organized. Read it in full, you will learn so much. I did! Even if you listen to her podcast Food Psych, this book is overflowing with more information and anecdotes that i did not know even though I feel pretty knowledgeable on the subject from years ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is extraordinary. Thoroughly researched, and also inclusive of the personal stories that research biases can leave out, Anti-diet is packed with the answers to all the questions people have about diet culture and intuitive eating, and serves as an expose on the industries that create harmful myths around size, health, and fitness, and then prey on their victims for profit. This book provides such clarity, and reading it is felt like coming up for air!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to put into words how much I LOVED this book. I'm so glad I pre-ordered it instead of getting it from the library. It's highlighted and underlined all over and I know there are so many things I will go back to in the future and re-read and will lend it to friends. I already feel more confident as I read the book to share with my friends and family the anti-diet message. It's so validating and freeing to be able to recognize diet culture and how it influences our body image and mental ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we need to burn diet culture to the ground.”
I think this quote sums us what Christy Harrison aims to do throughout this book and in her work in the anti-diet space. Ms. Harrison teaches us so much in this important book that it is difficult to summarize in a review. We learn about the history of diet culture, and how it has gained attention over the decades. We learn about important concepts such as intuitive eating and Health at Every Size. We learn
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for a review thru NetGalley. Personally, I hated this book. It was overly forceful and repetitive - especially if you've heard Christy Harrison's podcast before. For some, maybe, this book could be useful, but I just found myself rolling my eyes at how forceful the argument seemed to be.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading. For someone who is science-hungry like me, this book ticked all of the boxes. There are extensively cited sources, and the author really breaks down the problems with much of the science around dieting and weight loss (such as poorly structured studies, compromised scientists, incomplete understanding of results, and more). I found this to be strongly based in reality, fact, and science, and as a former journalist, Harrison really goes full investigative ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was thorough. The first chapter is QUITE a slog, so if you don't much care about how diet culture got to be diet culture, skip it and go right to chapter two.

None of this was super new to me, though I think this is the first book that really takes on wellness culture that I've read, and it was a freaking huge relief to see diet culture laid out in the current trends of clean eating and food intolerance.

Great for people just dipping their feet in, but also great for people who like a little
Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
Overall a great change of pace to the typical health book. It doesn’t tell you to lose a certain amount of weight or make you feel bad for not changing weight at all. Instead it encourages self love and health.

*i received this ARC for free in exchange for my honest review

Full review at:
Kim Sliwinski
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I couldn’t finish the book. It felt like a very long winded rant. I appreciate her perspective and the points she made but it could have been done in a more organized, concise and positive manner. I wish she would have told us more about intuitive eating in the second half of the book. More of a “how to” for those who have bad or obsessive relationships with food.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really excellent overview; I like to read books like this right at the New Year, since suddenly everyone is talking about their diet, and I was especially grateful that this one came out when it did, since I listen to her podcast semi-regularly and could "hear" her voice while reading it. I wish I could hand this out to folks. As it is, I'll be heartily recommending it to anyone who expresses even the slightest amount of doubt about if diets work.
Ashley Soete
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christy is dropping a lot of truth bombs in this book, but what I appreciate the most is how compassionate and respectful to the reader she is. I felt cared for while reading this book; the validation she provides is a really important to tool to recovering from immersion in toxic diet culture. She is shining a light on the dark origins of diet culture (racism, patriarchy). So grateful for the work she is doing to burn diet culture to the ground.
Zoe Hynes
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so culturally important!!!!! I cannot stress that enough. Harrison combines a myriad of scientific evidence, anecdotal evidence from herself, clients, and others in the field, and common sense into the masterpiece of Anti-Diet. This is information everyone needs to have, and I wish I had learned much earlier in my life. If you’ve ever “failed” on a diet, been not okay with your body, been told to lose weight instead of given real medical treatment, or just care strongly about social ...more
Elissa Aspuria
Life changing

I am always so grateful to authors willing to cut through the rhetoric we have been fed out whole lives in order to bring truth, peace of mind, and thoughtful education. I read this book in less than a week and have been telling everyone to read it. I always knew I had an unhealthy relationship with food and my body but I didn't have the words and knowledge until now. Thank you Christy, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Amanda Arkans -
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Food tastes good. It's fun to eat. Feeling bad about your body sucks. Dieting sucks too. So what's a person to do in a body-image obsessed culture that tells us that thin is in? Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, right?

Anti-Diet is a fascinating look at our culture and how it affects our personal body image. There's so much important information in this book that it should be required reading for everyone, no matter their size or shape.

Not everyone is designed the same and what is healthy
Jun 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Huge fan of Christy Harrison, very excited.


When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Reclaim your time, money, health, and happiness from our toxic diet culture
Heather Balog
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really found the science and history behind diets and diet culture fascinating and eye opening. There were a lot of research studies that backed up Harrison’s claims and her own research, which of course, validated the information presented. I could relate to a lot of what she was saying and it really helped to learn about the Health at Every Size movement. I’m definitely looking at food and diet culture differently. What bothered me about this book, the reason I couldn’t give it more than 4 ...more
Lucie Simone
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started listening to Christy Harrison’s podcast, Food Psych, a couple years ago, which really woke me up to the mental and physical harm that diet culture fosters. Beyond the harm it does to one’s own body, but society at large. This book is like downloading all of Christy’s research and knowledge into your brain mixed in with the compassion to help you find peace with food and truly ditch diet culture for good. Well written and thoroughly researched, this is the book I needed to fortify my ...more
Stephanie Solis
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listen to Christy Harrison’s podcast, so I decided to listen to the audiobook version of this book as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Christy went in depth on how disordered eating impacts so many areas of our lives. She provided statistics and plenty of studies and resources early on, which I found very helpful to keep me engaged and convince me. I’ve been “straddling the fence” as she likes to say—meaning I know in my head the concepts but I still struggle with quieting my fat phobic thoughts ...more
Samantha Derby
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A true revelation! If you have ever been on a diet/wanted to be on a diet/tried to implement a “lifestyle change”/thought there was something wrong with you because you couldn’t make your body smaller...which is to say all of us...then I highly recommend. I wish everyone would read this book, especially the history behind diet culture, which shows quite clearly the oppressive beginnings of “The Life Thief” as Harrison calls it. You get an in depth look at the forms diet culture has taken to ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christy Harrison and her Food Psych podcast were instrumental in helping me make peace with food and my body over the last several years. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you're already on board the train, it's going to reinforce your perspective but also bring new information to light as she does a deep dive into the history and implications of diet culture. If you're not quite there yet with cutting ties to diet culture, this book can help you if you go in with an open mind, ...more
C. S.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book that takes on a huge, divisive concept and approaches it in a comprehensive, compassionate, and self aware mentality. I really appreciated Harrison's dedication to inclusivity.

As someone who has body issues in addition to a negative perception about my weight, who has been on and off diets since my early teens, and as someone who had begun noticing compulsive behavior such as bingeing and calorie counting, I honestly wasn't sure where this book would take me.

I'm still not sure
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent exploration of the history and power of the culturally sanctioned diet culture and the science that supports an alternative approach. There are many books (thankfully!) on related topics, but as an experienced health professional, Christy's voice needs to be heard. Her willingness to dig deep results in gathering the best of what's known into one convenient, understandable, and enjoyable volume. If this is a new-to-you topic, this is a great starting place! If this is a subject ...more
Kelly Phipps
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Continuing my annual dive into books in January that might align my life for the coming year, I read this book in a couple of sittings. While I do find some aspects of the HAES (Health at Every Size) movement to be helpful, this author/nutritionist is not being totally honest (with herself?? readers??). While confidence and appreciation of who you are is very essential and should be a part of the psychological and emotional system of everyone, health is better-served when you are at an ...more
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“Disordered-eating behaviors don’t exist in a vacuum. If you start eating to soothe yourself after experiencing trauma, for example, you’re not doing that in a culture of “Do what you gotta do to get through the day, and also let me help you process your trauma.” No, you’re doing it in a culture of “OMG YOU’RE EATING SO MUCH, YOU’RE GONNA GAIN WEIGHT AND THAT’S ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE—YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT, STAT! (And PS, trauma? What are you even talking about? Just suck it up and move on!)” So even when people start eating to self-soothe, without any connection to weight or body image, they eventually end up absorbing our culture’s toxic beliefs about food and bodies. In our society at this moment in history, it’s basically impossible not to fall into diet culture’s clutches at some point.” 1 likes
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